Logistics


Air Transport

There are six international airports in Yemen at Aden, Sana'a, Taiz, Hodeidah, Mukalla, and Seyoun. Aden International Airport has been renovated, including its terminal, tower, navigational equipment and runway. The first and second renovation phases of the Sanaa International Airport were completed in 2005.

Sea Transport

The Port of Hodeidah, Yemen’s busiest domestic port, experiences delays in unloading grain and container vessels. The Port of Salif, which is 70 kilometers north of Hodeidah port, is also handling grain vessels and reducing congestion at Hodeidah.

Road Transport

Two-lane paved roads connect Sanaa to Aden, Hodeidah, Sa’ada, and Taiz. It often takes 12 hours to haul a 40-foot container the 346 km from Aden to Sanaa or 6 hours for the 226 km from Hodeidah to the capital. The Arab Fund for Social Development is currently financing a major road project connecting the city of Mukalla in the Hadramout governorate to the Omani border. Nearly 30% of the project is complete. A direct link between Sanaa and Wadi Hadramout and Mahara governorates was inaugurated in early 2002. A parallel new road linking the city of Amran, through Sanaa to Aden, is projected to minimize pressure on the existing road. The Yemen Government is enthusiastic about the project, which will link Amran city to Aden. The feasibility study estimated the cost to be around USD 1,500 bil. The highway will go through swathes of mountainous territory and will include more than 10 tunnels, including one 2.5 km long. The highway will cut down the journey time between the two cities to about 4 hours from 8 hours, and will positively benefit the trade sector.

Warehousing Facilities

In September 1999, the Aden Container Terminal (ACT) officially opened. The port mainly serves as a trans-shipment hub, but attempts are being made to increase the percentage of local cargo through the development of the industrial and warehousing estate. The industrial and warehousing estate called Aden District Park (ADP) was launched in November 2002. The first 30 hectares are ready for occupation, and there are plans to expand capacity.